Go inside the head within a head in Frank
Inspired by the legendary Frank Sidebottom, Michael Fassbender stars in Frank
7 May 2014
Frank Sidebottom, the alter ego of Chris Sievey, was a truly unique performer, musician and comedian who The Guardian described as 'the strangest pop star in history'. From inside a huge fiberglass head, decorated with a permanent grin, wide eyes and painted on hair, he sang his own cover version of hit songs as part of 'The Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Band' including Anarchy in Timperley, We Will Rock You and Twist 'N' Shout.
Frank transports Chris’s story to America, drawing inspiration from an array of weird and wonderful musicians from across the years including Captain Beefheart, Daniel Johnston and The Shaggs. Written by the journalist and broadcast Jon Ronson, Frank is ‘an eccentric comedy about an eccentric rock band led by a man who has wandered off the spectrum of eccentricity and into mental illness’
The film is loosely based on Ronson’s time as keyboard player in the Oh Blimey band with Domnhall Gleeson playing him in Frank. The film takes place over a fraught 18 month recording session in Ireland where Frank invents a new musical scale, can hear when people are thinking in the key of C and demands hours and hours of practice from his fellow musicians.
The story of Frank (Michael Fassbender) and his band, soronprfbs, is ‘weird and wonderful’, 'barking mad’, and 'hilarious' with The Telegraph describing the movie as ‘Off-beat and punk-spirited, Sievey would no doubt approve of the tone and style of this movie.’
Frank opens on Friday 9 May and tickets are available now from the Box Office, by phone on 0871 902 5737 and online.